Absentee count to determine races

FONDA – The Montgomery County Board of Elections will start counting absentee ballots Tuesday to determine winners in several of the close county legislature races.

Jamie Duchessi, the county’s Democratic election commissioner, said the races in districts 5 and 7 are the closest as a result of Tuesday’s general elections.

The race for the District 5 legislator has Democrat Terry Bieniek leading Republican Daniel Wilson in a 765-756 vote, a nine-vote difference.

Duchessi said there are 67 absentee ballots that need to be counted in that race.

In District 7, Amsterdam 2nd Ward Supervisor Jeffrey Stark is trailing 4th Ward Supervisor Barbara Wheeler, 351-385, a 34-vote margin. Duchessi said 47 absentee ballots have to be tallied for that race.

In the District 2 legislator race, Palatine Supervisor Brian Sweet is 57 votes behind Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush, 507-564. There are 59 absentee ballots that need to be counted in the District 2 race.

Republican Alexander Kuchis is leading Democrat Robert Purtell for the District 9 position. Kuchis received 657 votes, while Purtell has 615 votes, a 42-vote difference. According to the Board of Elections, 64 absentee ballots have to be tallied in that race.

The ballot count will begin at 10 a.m.

The county will have a legislature and county executive for the first time starting Jan. 1. The county decided to change its form of government from a board of supervisors to a legislature.